I laughed out loud while reading this story in Mystery Weekly Magazine. I'm fond of Ian Flemings' James Bond, so the title The Spy Who Read Too Much caught my attention. Raymond Michaels delivers an entertaining tale based on a spy fanboy gone wrong.
The dialogue was killer, with hilarious back-and-forth between a PI and a dim client.
Nervous laughter. "Oh, she's just a housewife like me. Y'know, running the family."
"And she knows that Pendleton works for the CIA?"
A pause. "Well, she's a good friend. I can trust her. She wouldn't tell anyone."
Why should she? It seems the entire neighborhood already knows that Pendleton is a spy.
Something about the woman's missing CIA agent husband doesn't add up, especially when the PI's lawyer taps into his connections and comes up empty. There are many funny moments, such as during the attempt to track down Pendleton, when the PI's secretary can't quite fake a French accent.
Humor is not easy to pull off. If you like your mystery with a chuckle, try this story by Raymond Michaels.
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